Project #107 | Partnering to Provide Clean Water in Ghana
Our partnership with H20 4 All
Our partner H2O 4 ALL was established in 2008 when its founders recognized the need for safe water and sanitation in impoverished communities. They found that other NGOs were attempting to address these issues, but not through the building of partnerships with existing local organizations and communities on the ground, which would ensure a lasting impact.
Through a grant from One Day’s Wages, H2O 4 ALL will be constructing a solar-powered rainwater harvesting system for a school in Tsopoli Village, Ghana. Tsopoli Village is located at the South Eastern part of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. There are more than 500 individuals living in Tsopoli Village who do not have access to a safe water source. These individuals are mostly farmers who rely on subsistence agriculture (e.g., red chilli peppers, cassava, and tomatoes) and animal husbandry (e.g., sheep, goats, cattle). Currently, their main water sources are water retrieved from a nearby, man-made lake or water they collect from the rain.
As with nearly all other projects that involve increased access to abundant, safe water, the intended outcome is to lower rates of waterborne diseases that exist within the community. While there are currently no health facilities or medical records available for members of Tsopoli Village, their population is susceptible to cholera, malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, since these are common throughout rural communities in Ghana. This project will also indirectly benefit members of Tsopoli Village as their time formerly spent collecting water, typically the responsibility of women and children, can be used for education and economic development. The neighboring Batsilemidou Village and Agortor Village will also benefit indirectly from this project as they will also have access to a new community access point for safe drinking water.
“This is my 10th year of teaching at the Someh Rahmah School. I teach KG 1 and 2. I am married with one child. After teaching I like watching TV and marking assignments.
It takes me about 1 hour to reach the dump where I get water. When I first came to this school I noticed that the skin and the teeth of the children were affected. Some of them have improved, but not all. I’m thinking it’s the water that has been causing these problems which sometimes brings them to the hospital. For the whole community we only have one pipe, which causes people to fight over the water.
Having good drinking water here would make things more peaceful and give us more time to do other things.”
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement. Special thanks to MiiR and Bartz Brothers Snow Sculptures.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our clean water fund.